PRESS RELEASE October 6, 2008 For Immediate Release BEST SEPTEMBER MLS® PERFORMANCE EVER - - - MLS® Sales Up 3%; Dollar Volume Rises 16%
October 6, 2008
For Immediate Release
BEST SEPTEMBER MLS® PERFORMANCE EVER
- - -
MLS® Sales Up 3%; Dollar Volume Rises 16%
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg MLS® market continues to show resilience in the
face of a national real estate market adjustment as it recorded its best September
ever. This should not come as a surprise given a recent forecast from the
Conference Board of Canada indicating Winnipeg will be one of the nation's
leading economic performers in 2008. It forecasts real economic growth of 3.3 per
cent. One significant factor helping the local housing market is the continual influx
of new immigrants and decrease in out-migration.
This was clearly one development that led WinnipegREALTORS® to remain
optimistic in its 2008 forecast to call for a repeat performance of another excellent
year of MLS® sales activity and more pressure for another price jump. In fact, with
still three months remaining, WinnipegREALTORS® has reached the $2 billion
milestone in sales volume for the second year in a row and in the quickest time on
One notable trend in the last few months that is worth highlighting again in
September is the significant improvement in inventory. Active listings are over
3,000, an increase of 44 per cent over the same time last year, and the close to
1,800 new listings entered on the MLS® is up 22 per cent over September 2007.
September MLS® unit sales were up 3% (1,097/1,060) while dollar volume
increased 16% ($204.9 million/$177.1 million) in comparison to the same month
last year. Year-to-date sales are in a virtual deadlock with last year's record sales
pace (10,489/10,503). Dollar volume has risen 14% ($2.03 billion/$1.78 billion) to
eclipse the $2 billion mark in record time.
"There is more evidence of a less hectic market with things settling down compared
to earlier in the year," said Darlene Clare, president of WinnipegREALTORS®. "It
is the MLS® market statistic we monitor every month which shows one in three
homes selling in September went for above list price when it would have been at
least one in two homes in the busiest spring months."
Clare added, "The increase in listings is providing relief to buyers who now have
more choice than before. Whether buying or selling, a REALTOR® should be
enlisted to advise on changing market conditions and competitive pricing."
For residential-detached sales, the most active price range was from $160,000 to
$199,999 with 24 % of total sales. Next busiest was the $130,000 to $159,999 price
range at 14%. The average days on market for sales of MLS® residential-detached
listings was 26 days, one day slower than last month and 3 days off the pace set in
Established in 1903, WinnipegREALTORS® is a professional association
representing over 1,500 real estate brokers, salespeople, appraisers, and financial
members active in the Greater Winnipeg Area real estate market. Its REALTOR®
members adhere to a strict code of ethics and share a state-of-the-art Multiple
Listing Service® (MLS®) designed exclusively for REALTORS®.
WinnipegREALTORS® serves its members by promoting the benefits of an
organized real estate profession.
For further information, contact Peter Squire at 786-8854.